News & Announcements

  • EDD Memorial Fund Swim Clinic

    On Sunday, November 16, from 12 - 2pm, the Hartwick College Women’s Water Polo team will lead a recreational swim clinic for children and young adults with disabilities. The college athletes will be in the pool with participants, and will work one-on-one with them. There is no prior experience necessary to participate. At the end of the program, participants will receive a medal and share pizza with the volunteers.

    Moyer Pool is located in the Binder PE building on the Hartwick Campus in Oneonta. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to allow time to register and get changed.

    The program is free but registration is required. Please contact me with any questions or to sign up for this program at 802-399-4366.

  • Upcoming Workshop

    Free, local workshop for Parents and Professionals


    Does your child struggle with organization, following directions,
    losing things, doing homework?
    Does your child display poor time management?
    Act impulsively? Exhibit non-compliant behavior?

    Attend this two hour evening workshop and learn how to help your child develop attention, organization, sequencing, planning, impulse regulation and more…essential life skills!

    Presenter: Stephanie Lockshin, Ph.D
    Date/Time: November 12, 2014, 5:30-7:30 pm
    Location: Grace Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall
    701 Main Street, Vestal, NY 13850

    *Free childcare provided onsite*

    Stephanie Lockshin is a licensed Psychologist in private practice at The Center for Psychological Services, Apalachin, NY.


    Online: or Phone: 607-724-2111 Leave name, phone, email address
    For your convenience, confirmations are sent via email.
    Sponsored by G&E Therapies, ECDC, PTAC

  • Mobile Crisis Assessment Team: Goals& Services Panel Presentation

    Thursday ~ October 16 ~ 7 PM
    Morris Hall ~ Craven Lounge
    State University at Oneonta

    Sponsored by NAMI of Otsego County
    National Alliance on Mental Illness

    Panel members:
    Melissa Carey, Division Director of Behavioral Healthcare, The Neighborhood Center in Utica
    Susan Matt, Director Community Services
    Colleen Bottini, Assistant Director, The Neighborhood Center in Utica
    Lt. Doug Brenner, Oneonta Police Department Mental Health Liaison
    Shari Stallone, Program Coordinator Rehabilitation Support Services
    Kate Hewlett, Peer Services

    For more information:

  • Survey from Disability Rights NY

    One of the serious issues facing students with disabilities in New York schools is the use of restraints and seclusion. While the use of such measures is permitted in emergency situations, state regulations prohibit restraints and seclusion as ongoing or standard interventions to address behavior. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to determine the actual frequency and scope of the use of restraints and “time out” rooms due to unclear definitions and reporting requirements. We suspect that there is substantial underreporting and overuse of restraints and seclusion in schools. As the Protection and Advocacy system for New York State, Disability Rights New York is committed to assessing and addressing these issues.
    To that end, we need information. Below is a link to a short survey for parents, students, advocates and professionals who work with students with disabilities. It is available in both English and Spanish. The survey should take no more than 2 to 4 minutes. If you have previously taken an earlier version of this survey in recent months, please consider re-taking the survey as additional questions have been added.
    Survey in English:
    Survey in Español:
    Please pass on this message and the links to any parents, constituents, service providers, advocates, students and other professionals who work with students with disabilities with your encouragement to complete this survey as soon as possible. If you encounter individuals impacted by restraint and seclusion in the future, please encourage them to complete this survey as well. Finally, if you are aware of anyone who would like to complete this survey but does not have computer access or requires accommodations, please contact me directly at (518) 432-7861 for direct assistance.
    Thanks very much!

  • FRN 20th Anniversary Celebration/Pasta Dinner

    Please join us in celebrating our 20th Anniversary... On October 16th we will be hosting a pasta dinner and silent auction at the Holiday Inn Oneonta... visit our event page for more information!

  • Reminder Notice - Applications for IEP Facilitators

    The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking applications from individuals to serve as IEP Facilitators in the New York City and Long Island areas. NYSED will be piloting the use of IEP Facilitation in these two regions of the State, beginning in 2015. IEP Facilitation is an early dispute resolution option useful in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of IEP meetings when there may be disagreement about a child's special education program or service. Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2014. For more information including qualifications, selection process and compensation, see

    Please share as appropriate. Thank you.

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